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Long service leave ordinance signed

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The Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr. Gordon Bryant, announced today that he had signed the Long Service Leave Ordinance 1975 which would entitle all employees in the private sector in the A.C.T., including part-time employees,

to long service leave benefits.

The benefits will reflect the entitlements which are now available to Australian Government employees.

The benefits, generally, will mean that a private sector employee will be eligible for three months' leave on full pay after 10 years' service, and three-tenths of a month's leave for each completed year thereafter.

Employees with more than four years' service who reach retiring age, are retrenched or stop work due to permanent ill- health, will be eligible for two months' leave after less than eight years' service and three months for not less than eight but less than 10.

The Ordinance will make provision for a payment in lieu of leave when the service of an employee who has an entitlement to long service leave is terminated before the leave can be taken

Mr. Bryant said that the making of the Ordinance would be recommended immediately to the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr and would then be notified in the Australian Government Gazette.

Mr. Bryant said he had been concerned that the A.C.T. had been so long without such an ordinance. He had had extensive talks on the matter with the Attorney-General and Member for Canberra, Mr. Kep Enderby, and the Member for Fraser, Mr. Ken Fry. "Long service leave is a basic right to which every A.C.T. citizen is entitled and this right has at last been recognised

after many years of neglect by the former government", Mr. Bryant said.


16 OCTOBER 1975